After our narrow away win at Newcastle last weekend, we beat Burnley at home to make it six points out of six to kick off the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner after Lacazette had opened the scoring, either side of Ashley Barnes’ third goal of the season for the visitors.
New boys David Luiz and Dani Ceballos both started the game, while Nicolas Pepe came on as a second half substitute as he works towards his first team place. Burnley defended well as you’d expect, and keeper Nick Pope also had a blinder keeping our strikeforce at bay for the most part.
We have now beaten Burnley ten times in a row in the Premier League and enjoyed a spell at the top of the league for a couple of hours at least. This weekend will be a bigger test as we visit the home of the European Champions to play Liverpool at Anfield.
Dani Ceballos was man of the match and can actually take a corner, while David Luiz, while mainly solid and reliable also struggled against Burnley’s clever set pieces.
After the game, Emery said:
“We didn’t control the game as much as we wanted. We need to improve. Each match is giving us a lot of information. I think we can do better. We lost some easy balls at times, but in general we can be proud of our first match here. I want to speak about the team, but for the first match [at home] it was good. It’s good for Luiz, for Pepe, for Dani Ceballos who are another step ahead…”
We now visit Liverpool on Saturday night in a true test of whether or not we have improved under Unai Emery, match preview here.